From Caldera, Ryan and I took a bus down to La Serena, which means “serene” in English. I liked La Serena right from the start. It is a charming, well-organized city with beautiful colonial architecture, a metropolitan downtown, and a long, golden beach. However, just like most beach towns in Chile in June, it was sleeeeeeepy. Apparently the place triples in population during the summer months of December, January, and February. But in late June, just about every apartment had a “For rent” or “For sale” sign in the window, especially in the buildings along the coast.